Collaborative practice creates a safe space for individuals to have difficult conversations with full support of a highly trained collaborative team. In family law cases, the Collaborative team generally includes Collaborative lawyers for each party, a neutral coach and a neutral financial professional. These professionals work together with the parties to facilitate durable, unique and creative solutions which honor the parties’ self-determination and individuality and provide a model for resolution of future conflicts. The advantages of collaborative practice include:
- Privacy – while most court-based processes are public, the Collaborative process is completely confidential.
- Control – parties, not lawyers, court personnel or judges, are in charge of all outcomes.
- Safety of the Children – in the Collaborative process children never have to appear in an adversarial setting. The parties, with the guidance of highly skilled professionals, ensure that the needs of the children are always at the forefront of all discussions.
- Preservation of Relationships – while the Collaborative Process provides the space to have very difficult conversations, the emphasis is always on respecting each individual and her/his needs thus ensuring that key relationships stay intact.
- Cost – most Collaborative cases cost thousands of dollars less than those litigated in Court.
- Efficacy – well over 80% of Collaborative cases result in negotiated agreement.